Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Searching for the Green Flash...


No, not a super-hero. The green flash that sometimes occurs as the sun sinks below the horizon. It lasts for a few seconds and to be honest, I'm not sure I've ever seen it. I got to thinking about it because Andrew Alden over at About Geology mentioned it in a recent post.

I was doing my darndest to catch it last summer on what had been a kind of somber day. We had visited the site of the St. Francis Dam disaster earlier in the afternoon for the first time, and after a long drive, we arrived at our campsite at Leo Carrillo State Park along the Malibu coast (yes, there had been another lucky reservation cancellation).
The canyon where the campground was situated was already deep in the shadows, so we headed out to the beach to watch the sunset. The pelicans did a nice job of helping to frame the setting sun...
So here's the thing: just as the sun hit the horizon, my autofocus started dropping in and out of focus, so I just snapped shots hoping one of them might catch something of the flash. I think I caught it below...but what do you experts out there think??
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